One of the most contentious issues of a divorce is alimony. The crux of the matter usually revolves around a difference of opinion on what the other deserves. While one may have made more money or worked solely to support the family, he or she may believe they shouldn’t have to pay so much because of their hard work. The dependent party may believe he or she deserves more because they spent more time caring for the home or deferred their life goals in favor of the other’s success. Generally speaking, a dependent party may be entitled to alimony to maintain the quality of life the couple established during the marriage. For how long and how much is up to the court unless the couple can agree to terms outside of court. If alimony is an issue you need to resolve, it is important to consult with an attorney who has significant experience in this matter. The Alfred Law Firm recognizes the impact alimony cases have on a person’s life. We will zealously represent you in and out of court to protect your rights and interests. Whether you are the potential payor or payee, we are ready to help. Contact The Alfred Law Firm for a consultation.
The state of Georgia believes that divorces should proceed without the fear of financial retribution to a dependent party. If someone wants a divorce, they should generally be able to maintain their lifestyle while marital issues are worked out in or out of court. An attorney should file a motion for alimony pendente lite, Latin for “pending the suit.” No longer should people be manipulated into staying married because one party holds the financial “cards” of the relationship.
Georgia recognizes the need for a party to be supported after a divorce for numerous reasons, including because they deferred goals in favor of the other’s success, financially supported the now independent party as they pursued education or other means to success, cared for the home and children while the other worked, or just did not make as much money in their occupation. Whatever the case may be, the court will consider many options to determine whether the dependent party deserves temporary or permanent alimony.
Permanent alimony: Permanent alimony is somewhat of a misunderstood form of alimony. It simply means there is no end date and the payments should be uniform. This form of alimony is rare and usually is saved for those who have little to no prospects to becoming financially independent, including retirees. Though the term states it is “permanent”, there are reasons why this can change, including remarriage, the ability to earn a sufficient income, or otherwise finding the dependent party financially sound.
Temporary alimony: For most divorces, a form of temporary alimony will most likely be installed to help the dependent party become financially sound. Temporary alimony is ordered with a specific period of time and amount as the dependent party pursues education, job training, or other means of financial stability.
Alimony cases are fact-sensitive. Each case is different. When litigated, the court will consider certain factors that pertain to the couple’s situation to determine an alimony obligation that is fair and just. This can include, but is not limited to:
If you are involved in a divorce and need the help of an experienced attorney, contact The Alfred Law Firm. Whether you are the one potentially paying alimony or entitled to it, it is important to have quality legal support through this matter. For a consultation to discuss your legal matter, contact The Alfred Law Firm.
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